Today we have the privilege of hosting the Christian Carnival here at Wittenberg Gate. Enjoy over 30 entries from around the Christian blogosphere for a varied representation of what Christian bloggers have written this week. If you are interested in participating in future Christian Carnivals, you will find the instructions here.
UPDATE: Late entries have been added at the end of the post.
Doctrine and Practice
Blogcorner Preacher contributes, More Graven Images, a balanced and thought-provoking piece on images and ornamentation in the church. What would St. Paul think about the cathedral that bears his name?
Diane of Crossroads shares Legal--Yes. But Ethical? Many things are legal, but are they ethical for the Christian? This is part one in a three-part series that will look at some very fine line decisions.
Matt Jones' Random Acts of Verbiage introduces us to verbiage of the Hebrew kind in An Introduction to Hebrew. Find out more about the ancient Semitic language of the Old Testament by reading this informative post.
Richard Anderson of dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos theophilos answers the question, Who is most excellent Theophilus? He says, "It seems fitting to me that on October 18th, the feast day for Saint Luke, I identify the person to whom he wrote his gospel."
Codex: Resources for Biblical Studies Blogspot studies Witches in the Hebrew Bible and the origins of the popular stereotype of witches as old hags with warts and frogs, and finds that it does not come from the Bible, but from descriptions in Greco-Roman authors popularized by Shakespeare, among others.
Christianity in the Public Square
Cindy Swanson of Notes in the Key of Life says of her contribution, "Late last week, Jason Janz, site publisher of SharperIron.org, happened to be in my city. I took the opportunity to have him on my radio show and pick his brain about Christian blogging." Read the transcript of that interview here
Dignan of Dignan's 75 Year Plan begins a new series with A False Dichotomy: Absolutism v Relativism. Here's an excerpt: "Marvin Olasky, editor of World Magazine , referred to " an anti-evangelical undertone " in the criticism of Harriet Miers. Yet I, along with most of my evangelical friends, opposed wholeheartedly the nomination of Miers. I find myself bumping up against these things quite often: as an evangelical, I am supposed to take a certain position on an issue, yet I find myself disagreeing with the supposed "evangelical position"."
And speaking of false dichotomies, Jeff the Baptist has identified another one. He sends us Faith and Reason with the comment, "I have a problem with a lot of philosophical debates like Senses vs. Reason. They seem like false dichotomies to me. But Sense vs. Reason is nothing compared to Faith and Reason."
From Tidbits and Treasures we have Theology Pair Flips Bible Upside Down on Sexuality. Two theologians, speaking on 'Sex, Love, And Marriage in
Scripture And Tradition', said, "We must reject at the outset any notion
of the supreme authority of scripture".
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., looked forward to the day when a man was not judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. So why do we still get hung up on race? rev-ed at Attention Span examines the lingering problem of racism in The Content of Our Character.
In What is Good in God's Eyes?, Thinking Christian addresses a current controversy among his blog readers over whether God is really good, in view
of his ordering the extermination of nations in the Old Testament, and his saying
that suffering can be of value. One crucial aspect of the answer is understanding
what is really good in the eyes of God.
Northern 'burbs blog sends us Halloween - The Day Afterthought. Halloween is a touchy subject for Christians, and while the pagan overtones should not be overlooked, we should take advantage of the opportunity to reach our neighbors for Christ.
From Bruce Harpel of Sprucegoose, we have Email War Between U of MN and AFA. The "pot calling the kettle black" is not a good way to get across the Christian message.Sometimes, both sides of an issue need to repent and try again.
Mark Olson of Pseudo-Polymath sends us Marriage: Mirrors and Windows, with this comment, "A neighboring blog took a stab at re-framing the SSM/HSM debate, defining marriage as 'nurturing'. That's the 'mirror'. I describe the other half of marriage, the 'window'."
Self-Determination and Euthanasia comes to us from Jeremy Pierce of Parableman. One argument for euthanasia is that self-determination is very important, and we can recognize and respect self-determination by allowing people to choose the time, manner, and circumstances of their death. What this argument requires, however, is irrational.
Was Rosa Parks Right? An Unpopular Opinion Her courage was astounding, and her cause was right. Was Rosa Parks' method Biblically justified? We're having a good discussion about it at "a ticking time blog"!
Ales Rarus sends us Do You Believe in Jesus? with this description, "Presented in this post is an atheist's argument against Christianity. The author presents a hypothetical situation and compares it to Christian history, faith, and tradition. It's a flawed argument, but it's interesting in its uniqueness (at least to me). I'm curious what other folks think of it and how they'd respond to it."
Kim Bloomer of Sharing Spirit shares her thoughts in Standing in the Shadow of Love "...God is love and He displays that to us in so many ways that I can’t imagine how anyone can say there is no God. How incredibly sad and boring their lives must be, which brings me back to the main point here: standing in the shadow of God’s love is the ONLY place I want to be."
In God, Doubt and Love, blogger Silas Jones meditates on being willing to help a friend even when it means making them uncomfortable for a time.
White Ribbon Warriors sends Living Stress Free. Sometimes, it seems people have spirituality and spiritual growth confused for an emotional high or some sort of adrenaline rush. This could create more stress than it's worth, and really can hamper true spiritual growth. Sometimes we need to see that the highest, most important places in our spiritual life come in the quiet instead.